Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

moto_x1_black_leather_aluminum_no_flashWe’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.
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[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

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LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.
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Latest Nova Launcher Beta features hit the main app on the Play Store

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The latest features from the Nova Launcher beta have made their into the main application today, including a several new drawer animations and better app sorting.

While it’s not a major update, it does bring some visual flair to your homescreen, and new customization options are always welcome. Hit the break below for the change log and the link for the update.
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Motorola and Yo team up to give away a Moto 360, hint at $249 price tag again

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Want a chance to win a brand new Moto 360? Motorola and Yo are running a contest where they’ll be giving away 20 smartwatches to users that click a link that Motorola is sending out through Yo. It’s a pretty simple contest, and all you need to do is download Yo on your phone. You can’t win if you don’t try, right?

Interestingly, the terms and conditions for the contest on Motorola’s Facebook page mention that the value of the Moto 360 is $249, which is the same price point that we’ve seen mentioned a few times. There’s a chance that the device could launch at a lower (or higher) price point, but it’s looking more and more likely that $249 is the magic number.
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Upcoming Asus smartwatch will be called the ZenWatch

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Asus has released another teaser for their upcoming smartwatch, showing off a slim, sleek design and the name of the wearable. Asus will call their first entry into the smartwatch market the ZenWatch, which I’m personally not a huge fan of, but hey, I’m no market expert.

Regardless of the name, the watch itself does look great. We won’t have to wait too much longer for an official announcement, but in the meantime, you can check out the video of the watch below.
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Round LG smartwatch hits the FCC with the model LG-W110

lg-watch-r-facebookLG hasn’t really tried to hide their upcoming round smartwatch, but thanks to a recent FCC filing, the watch is more or less official. The smartwatch passed through the FCC certification process as the LG-W110, and the pictures listed with it definitely show a round shape.

Unfortunately, there’s not much else to glean from the filing. The device will have standard WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios, but there’s no word on specs, screen resolution, name, or anything else interesting. With IFA just a few away, though, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer before LG shows their latest wearable off.

source: FCC

via: Droid Life

 

Pick up a free smartphone with your next Burger King meal

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If you eat at Burger King often, you might want to take them up on their latest limited time offer. Instead of a half price sandwich, the fast food chain is actually giving away a free smartphone through their website. Unfortunately, this one isn’t “happy meal toy” free, but typical “two-year contract” free.

On the Burger King promotion site, you can select from a handful of free devices, then choose to upgrade your current phone or add a line to your Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint account. The order actually takes place through Amazon, so the only thing Burger King really does is offer to send you a link to their Burger King app on your new toy, which seems like a lot of hassle to go through just to tell people to install your app.
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Sorry Google, Amazon purchases Twitch for $1 billion

twitch_logoIt seemed pretty likely that Google was going to purchase Twitch, the video game streaming platform, and fold some of its technology into YouTube. Well, things didn’t quite turn out that way, and today Amazon announced that they’ve purchased Twitch for $1 billion. Sorry, Google.

Amazon may not own a service like YouTube, but they do handle their own Prime streaming service, plus a digital video store. On top of that, Amazon’s cloud infrastructure is used by other major video streaming companies like Netflix, so it’s not as if Amazon is a stranger to this type of platform.
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Samsung may launch a SIM-enabled Gear with the Galaxy Note 4, circular Gear watch to follow

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We’ve heard several rumors that Samsung is cooking up a SIM-enabled Gear smartwatch, and it’s looking like we’ll see it sooner rather than later. The latest rumors points to Samsung unveiling the new version of their Gear smartwatch (along with a VR headset) alongside the Galaxy Note 4 next month. Since the original Galaxy Gear launched with the Note 3, this a pretty predictable pattern.
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